International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online)

Quest for Well-being: Gazes on the Ritual Healing of Filipino Immigrants in South Korea
Eulalia M. Tome

Abstract
The transnational movement of people around the globe has challenged migrants‟ belief systems and their quest for well-being. The movement of people in itself is a form of ritual performance, a journey towards a dream and the aspiration to acquire a new sense of self and identity. The goal of this research is to illumine how Filipino migrants living in South Korea reconstruct their ethnicity through access to the albularyo1 ritual healing of their homeland. The findings indicate that the root cause of ailments of Filipino migrants within South Korea is caused by emotional distress linked to identity conflict and emotional turmoil.. Healing is an outcome of rebuilding positive relationships with the self, others, and the Divine – practicing one‟s spirituality and reconstructing one‟s ethnic identity.

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